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Hawgeye
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OT: Charleston Questions
Hey guys. I have some quick questions for anyone who would like to chime in.

First, love making trips out to South Carolina each year. Normally take trips to North Myrtle Beach each year. Did so this year as well back the first part of June, but now I am on my first trip to Charleston.

Arrived yesterday and mainly did some walking around. Hit up happy hour and grabbed a bite to eat at Minero down in the historical district last night. I have reservations at Fleet Landing tonight and Halls tomorrow night. Trying to find a great choice for Saturday night dinner. Any advice is appreciated.

Booked the tri tour thing for the boat, carriage, and plantation tour here. Do the boat tomorrow and will knock out the other two in the days coming up. Leave here on Sunday and will head to Savannah/Hilton Head and catch a flight out Monday morning.

Basically any advice on things to do on a persons first trip to Charleston would be appreciated.

Personal plan has always been to retire to the North Myrtle area(seems less congested and less touristy than Myrtle). As of yesterday, plan not changed much. People a little less friendly so far in Charleston. Seems to be more of a tourist issue though. Example: In a bakery yesterday and a tourist was bitching at a poor girl employee because they did not have a cupcake they said they had on a phone call.

Thanks


Mr.Sinister
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Hit up one of the roof top bars downtown. Perfect spot to catch a cocktail and dinner while the sun sets over the harbor.
Shem creek area over in Mt. Pleasant across the bridge is always a fun time.
Couple laid back atmosphere type bars and restuarants over on isle of palms and Sullivan's island as well as some good history. Check out Chief Osceola's grave at Fort Moultrie (not many people know Edgar Allen Poe was stationed there and wrote some of his classics while on that island)
Plenty of golf courses, nature trails, historical stuff to check out. Just depends on what all is your cup of tea really. Honestly downtown tourist season is the worst.
Enjoy your trip.


GetCocky11
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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Personal plan has always been to retire to the North Myrtle area


I just couldn't move to Horry County. Not when the Lowcountry is just sitting down there all beautiful and shite.


theGarnetWay
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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Savannah/Hilton Head


Are you saying you're still deciding between which one you want to go to or that you plan to do both? Since you make frequent trips to SC and might already know this then I apologize that I'm preaching to the choir, but those two aren't quite as close as they look on a map. I think it takes like 45 minutes to an hour to get from one to the other depending on where you are.

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Fort Moultrie


Also, it's where we got the inspiration to put the palmetto tree on our flag.
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Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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I just couldn't move to Horry County. Not when the Lowcountry is just sitting down there all beautiful and shite.


At Folley Beach this morning. This place is the tits and isn’t commercialized at all besides the subway. May change my 15 year plan to this area. Really like it and not many folks.


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Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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Are you saying you're still deciding between which one you want to go to or that you plan to do both?

Airport is Savannah/Hilton Head. I like Savannah but only a day at a time. Flew in Tuesday and had dinner. Stay night there Sunday and have dinner and fly back out Monday.


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Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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Mr.Sinister


Thanks for all that info. Didn’t know that about Chief Osceola.

Left the clubs at home this trip. I live in a golf course community at home and this trip I didn’t plan on playing. Next trip out I will bring them.

Agree on the tourists. Although I qualify as one, I hate the amount of people. Main reason I enjoy North Myrtle instead of Myrtle and enjoy trips for food down to Murells(sp) Inlet when in that area.


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scrooster
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
We lived on the IOP for years but so much has changed since back then, since Hugo and them building the new bridge out onto the island.

Sullivan's Island has a couple good restaurants.

Shem Creek has a couple of Ronnie Boals places plus my personal favorite, the Shem Creek Bar and Grill on the other side of Coleman. Not sure if The Trawler is still there. Buddy of mine, Horst Sempre used to own that place but last I heard he retired.

Hyams downtown was still good the last time I was there.

James Island (Folly Beach) is okay but I like Johns Island is better and it has better restaurants imho.



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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Cherry Grove is a perfect place to retire. At the beach but laid back. Very clean area and maintains a local feeling.


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Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Where is Johns Island Rooster?


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1801
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Johns is just west of James/Folly ...Maybank Hwy through the Muni Golf Course (best Pimento cheeseburger you'll ever eat) over the Stono River. F&B - Wild Olive, Fat Hen and Tattoo'd Moose out on Johns. Roadside Seafood further out towards Kiawah. Johns has become a big bedroom community and far less rural in the past 10 years.

Tattooed Senorita here on James has a daily Tecate can/house tequila for $5 if you're still out Folly way. owner is a Gamecock.

Bowen's Island / Fish Camp ...just off Folly back on James Island - best sunset in Chuck - Charleston Outdoor Adventures operates off the dock - kayaks, creek cruises, etc. everyone with COA is cool.

link is to a previous post earlier this year about CHS.

https://www.secrant.com/rant/display.aspx?sp=81656976&s=2&p=81655085#81656976

we've had so many yanks move here since the 2012 PGA and even more after the Mother Emanual tragedy...you'll see more behavior out of people - especially d'town - that aren't reflective of native Sandlappers and our values/manners. I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime, but it's here.

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I have reservations at Fleet Landing tonight and Halls tomorrow night. Trying to find a great choice for Saturday night dinner. Any advice is appreciated.
http://leonsoystershop.com/

Hall's will do ya right. Oak on Broad legit as well. Hank's > Fleet Landing as far as fare.

as mentioned above - get up on any of the rooftop bars. Vendue Inn/East Bay rooftop was one of the originals. the Griffon across the street from Vendue is a long time watering hole here too.
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Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Fleet Landing was okay. A little less than expected for me. Hopefully I haven’t built up Halls too much for tomorrow night and get let down.

So the people here...there is a lot. Folly Island was more my speed. I’ll look into Johns Island. I’ve probably only got another 12-13 years before I relocate. No telling what populations will be then, but Charleston is just too damn congested. Interesting history, and very interesting place though.

Did a carriage tour today and the tour guide made it a solid choice for the afternoon. Left Folly beach around 12:30, came back and showered and did tour at 3:00. Hitting up some boat tour tomorrow and the. Plantation tour on Saturday. Would like to go tour Fort Sumter as well.


Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Also, appreciate everyone’s input. Love your state and have enjoyed it for years. Probably the biggest pissed moment for me was when the SEC took us off of each other’s football schedule yearly.


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SCLibertarian
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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I just couldn't move to Horry County. Not when the Lowcountry is just sitting down there all beautiful and shite.


Cherry Grove and Murrells Inlet are awesome. The pretentiousness of people in the Lowcountry is hilarious considering it's more infested with Yankees than even Myrtle Beach.


Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
I notice quite a few Canadians in North Myrtle, but they’re pretty polite when I’ve encountered.


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SquatchDawg
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
FT Sumter and the Yorktown are well worth the time but be prepared because it’s a full day. May not fit in your schedule.

In the morning wander down to the old historic district and check out the real rainbow row. Largest intact row of colonial buildings in the country I believe. Everything south of Broad oozes history and the old south.

Spend the afternoon roaming up King between meeting and Francis Marion. Lots of nice shops, bars and people watching.

Lunch at the Blind Tiger and the missus and I enjoy Ansons. Poogans Porch too if you can get in.

On a side note, I was driving back from a meeting at Kiawah this morning ( first time I’ve been there and damn....just damn) and I stopped off to see the Angel Oak. 500 yr old live oak that covers the size of a basketball court at least. Helluva sight.
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scrooster
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Yeah, of all our coast secrets like Seabrook and Kiawah and Edisto used to be mainly just for locals and long time SC residents, etc., but that's changing.

Our entire coast has a little something for everyone I guess.


Lonnie Utah
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
My grandparents had a house in Seabrook for a long time. Every once and a while I would escape there when I was at El Cid.

I remember crabbing in the tidal creeks there before the roads were paved when I was VERY young. Dad got his old Nash rambler stuck in the sand. One of my first memories.
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Hawgeye
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
Heading out this morning around 10 and making a short drive down to Savannah.

Enjoyed my time here. Hall's was amazing. Ended up spending a little too much time out at Boone-Hall Plantation yesterday. I tend to read everything I see so, it took me a while out there.

Probably had my best meal of the trip last night...drove 15 minutes from here and went outside the area to Nigel's in North Charleston. If none of you have ever been there, I would suggest stopping at least once.



1801
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re: OT: Charleston Questions
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Probably had my best meal of the trip last night...drove 15 minutes from here and went outside the area to Nigel's in North Charleston.
ain't no probably to it ....the Drayton family have a great thing goin on.

shrimp po-boys on the fly/lunch for me when I'm out that way. collards are slap out ridiculous and the peach cobbler will put you in a trance.

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making a short drive down to Savannah.

likely a little late in the day for this heads up, but ...

Jen's & Friends (34 Bull) is closed on Sundays (their drinks are not only imaginative - but borderline hilarious). Treylor Park (115 Bay) or Alley Cat Lounge (207 W Broughton) will treat ya well on Sunday.

Bohemian has a roof top bar and Top Deck is at the Cotton Sail hotel on River St.


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